FOX 34's MyWARN app keeps you updated, safe

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Updated: 5/05/2013 2:01 pm
FOX 34's MyWARN app keeps you alert to severe weather day or night, wherever you're at home or work, or traveling across the South Plains or around the nation. It's now available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchasing use promo code "FOX34".

We want you to have multiple ways to get watches and warnings, multiple layers provide a fail-safe to be informed when the weather gets bad.

For decades NOAA Weather Radios have been very effective to alert you to severe weather. They are still a great tool to have at your home or business. They start around $30. They'll sound day or night and let you know severe weather is approaching. However, these radios still use county-based warnings, often leading to warning more people than those affected.

The MyWARN app improves on this technology by using polygon-based warnings and your phone's GPS tool.

Tornado warning in Lubbock County

When there was a tornado warning in southwest Lubbock County and southeast Hockley County on April 29, 2012, if you live near Ropesville, Wolfforth, Slide, or along FM 1585, Woodrow Road and 114th Street you would have received a tornado warning on your phone. If you live on Fourth Street, 50th Street or Parkway Drive you wouldn't have received an alert because you weren't in danger.

Under the old way of issuing warnings everyone in Lubbock County would get an alert, giving un-needed warning to tens of thousands of residents. Residents in the warning faced a serious danger and there was quite a bit of hail and wind damage, detailed here.

Watches, warnings, outlooks

You get to choose how you are alerted. Do you want to know if you're in a severe watch or tornado watch or that day's severe outlook? Or do you only want either severe thunderstorm warnings or tornado warnings? It's simple to turn these alerts on or off. Just like other apps, you can turn sound on or off.

MyWARN follows you

Whether it's your daily drive across Lubbock or from Lamesa to Post, or a weekend trip to New Mexico or North Texas, this app follows your location. You may not want to bother with knowing which county you're in or what radar looks like. We're always going to have updated information on TV, radio, web and the FOX 34 News App; but you may not be able to watch these outlets while at work or your kids' game.

Or, it may be well past our severe weather season when you travel to the Upper Midwest. MyWARN works from coast to coast. This app will alert you when a watch or warning is issued. Or, if you drive into or out of a warning you'll get notice. Just download the app and it's always working.

Live coverage

Click the Local News button on the app and you're automatically connected to our live stream. If we're doing expanded weather coverage you'll see us on the app. If we're not on the air you'll see a live stream of the radar.

This video further explains the features of MyWARN:

MyWARN is available now on the Apple App store for iPhone, iPod and iPad and on the Google Play Market for Android.

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